Team to visit BSL-3 lab site at NHAK

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/13/2020 1:35:36 PM IST

Representatives and technical experts from Thermo Fisher Scientific India Pvt Ltd will be visiting Naga Hospital Authority Kohima on Tuesday to set up bio safety laboratory (BSL) 3 even as the first consignment related to the lab was expected to reach the same day.

Interacting with media persons at Health & Family Welfare directorate here on Monday, H&FW secretary Kesonyu Yhome said some technicians of the company visited NHAK on April 11 to inspect the site. He claimed that the department was in touch with district administration of Palgrah in Maharashtra from where equipments for the lab would be transported. He said a letter has been written to the Maharashtra government to exempt the team and consignment from the purview of the lockdown.

Not sending patient to quarantine centre a mistake: Following the discovery of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nagaland, the state government has admitted that not sending the patient to a quarantine centre upon his arrival from outside was a mistake. Yhome admitted that it was a fault on the part of the department to have not sent the person, who had tested positive for the virus, to a quarantine centre when he returned to Dimapur on March 24. 

Commenting that perhaps the standard operating procedure (SOP) was not well defined then, he however claimed that the department was developing an upgraded app with more features.

On revealing of the identity of the first COVID patient which contradicted the State government’s order and could be penalised under sections 188 of IPC 1860 (45 of 1860), Yhome said he was also shocked to see the identity of the patient being revealed on the official statement. He added that it was a universal practice that the identity of patients suffering any illness should be kept confidential.

On allegation of substandard protective gears being distributed to district hospitals, including Dimapur, Yhome clarified that no such complaints had been received from Dimapur while complaints received from other districts had already been addressed.

He said Quality Control Board had been constituted to ensure that every item that went to districts were verified and certified. He added that the department had also deployed neutral observers to assess the preparedness of COVID-19 hospitals on ground.

H&FW deputy director Dr Kika Longkumer, who too was present, said the patient was under home quarantine and that the district surveillance team was in touch with him. He however alleged that the patient did not reveal his travel history in hospitals he had visited prior to him being sent to Guwahati. 


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